Belinda van Heerden served as a Judge of the Cape High Court from 2000 to 2004. She was thereafter appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa where she served until her retirement in 2013. She also served as an acting Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2006. During her 14 years on the Bench, she heard and decided many and varied family and child law cases, including international matters and forum disputes. She also represented South Africa on the International Hague Network of Judges from 2008 to 2014.
Prior to her appointment to the Bench, she was a leading academic at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town, specialising in family law and child law. She has authored several books on child and family law and has published numerous articles in these areas. From 1997 to 1999 she led the South African Law Reform Commission team that researched and drafted a new and revolutionary Children’s Act for South Africa. She also practised as a director of a law firm for four years. Since her retirement, sh has become an Honorary Professor of the several South African universities of Pretoria and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford University. She still publishes regularly in the field of international family law.